Who’s Your GoDaddy?
Eagles Win Big in First Bowl Ever
What a trip
Georgia Southern overwhelmed Bowling Green 58-27 in the 17th GoDaddy Bowl, earning the University’s first bowl win in the team’s first season of eligibility. After entering halftime down 27-23, the Eagles scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a lopsided victory at rain-soaked Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Dec. 23.
The game drew 2.4 million viewers on ESPN and was the second most watched pre-Christmas bowl game this year. It matched Georgia Southern’s rushing offense — the nation’s top-ranked, averaging 363 yards per game this season — against the nation’s fifth-ranked passing offense.
Georgia Southern Quarterback Favian Upshaw scored four touchdowns and rushed for 199 yards and was named the game’s MVP, while Interim Head Coach Dell McGee notched his first win as a collegiate head coach.
Before the Bowl
As part of the bowl experience, players and coaches visited the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. They also proved victorious in a head-to-head bowling match-up against Bowling Green.
Tyson Summers Named Head Coach
Georgia Southern has a new head football coach, Tyson Summers.
“I’m excited to be able to get to Statesboro and carry on the proud traditions of Georgia Southern University and the Eagle football program,” Summers said. “I’m just exceptionally excited to be a Georgia Southern Eagle!”
A native of Tifton, Georgia, Summers returns home from Colorado State, where he served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2015. Summers’ coaching career spans 15 years and seven schools, including the University of Central Florida, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Georgia, Troy University and Presbyterian College. In 2006, Summers coached the safeties at Georgia Southern.
A four-year letterwinner at Presbyterian College, Summers was selected team captain as a senior. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the school in 2002.
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